King’s Improvement Science

cardiac services Evaluation

Patient preferences and experiences of waiting for heart surgery

Being on a waiting list for heart surgery could be difficult and anxiety-provoking. Having a better understanding of patients’ experiences during this time, and what their preferences are for their upcoming surgery, might help to alleviate the emotional burden associated with waiting. This could also improve the management of waiting lists for heart surgery.

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Patient preferences and experiences of waiting for heart surgery

Previous research on patients’ experiences of waiting for surgery has shown that factors, such as individual coping strategies (e.g. distraction from distressing thoughts, acceptance of the situation), clear communication with the clinical team, or having a more active role in care decision-making, can reduce the stress associated with waiting. Although this is very relevant to patients waiting for heart surgery, there has not been a study specifically looking at this group of patients.

KIS researchers aim to address this gap by exploring experiences, perceptions and preferences of patients waiting for elective (non-emergency) heart surgery across four London-based National Health Service (NHS) hospitals that belong to King’s Health Partners (KHP): Royal Brompton, Harefield, St Thomas’, and King’s College hospitals.

Project aim

To investigate patients’ experiences, perceptions and preferences about waiting for elective (planned) heart surgery.

Key objectives

  • how patients feel their heart condition affects their day-to-day life;
  • how patients experience being on a waiting list for heart surgery;
  • what factors patients consider as most important for their upcoming surgery (e.g. to have their surgery as soon as possible, at their nearest hospital, or carried out by a specific surgeon);
  • patients’ opinions about how the heart surgery waiting list experience could be improved.

 

Contact: waitingforheartsurgery@kcl.ac.uk

Collaborators

Mario Petrou (consultant cardiac surgeon at Royal Brompton Hospital), David Hardy (project manager, King's Health Partners Cardiovascular & Respiratory Partnership Programme) and colleagues at St Thomas’ Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital, Harefield Hospital, and King’s College Hospital.

 

 

Meet the project team

Joanna Burridge

Joanna Burridge

Patient expert

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Barbora Krausova

Barbora Krausova

Senior projects officer, King’s Improvement Science, King’s College London

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Zoë Lelliott

Zoë Lelliott

Director, King's Improvement Science

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Katie Richards

Katie Richards

Research associate, King's Improvement Science, King's College London

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Dr Manuela Russo

Dr Manuela Russo

Research fellow, King’s Improvement Science, King’s College London

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Dr Kathryn Watson

Dr Kathryn Watson

Research associate, King’s Improvement Science, King’s College London

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